Tourism Summit Scheduled For Friday

| January 17, 2013
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The tourism season will kick into high gear in just a few short months and three northern Missouri cities are preparing to make the most of the opportunity. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk to secretary of the Weston Chamber of Commerce Pat Egan:

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According to the Chamber spokesman, their city has joined with officials in Lexington and Marceline in an effort to create a possible bus tourism program between the three locations.  “The whole idea is to enhance tourism,” said Egan,” Lexington has the cannon ball at the courthouse, Weston has the AppleFest and the homes tour, and Marceline, of course, has Disney.  We’re just trying to build upon what we already have.”

The idea was originally proposed in September of 2012.  This led city leaders to meet in Lexington during the month of November to outline the initial plans for the potential program.  Howard McHenry, Chief Executive Officer of Citymark, was the guest speaker for that event and it attended by representatives from the three primary cities, as well as Hannibal.

On Friday, officials will meet in Weston to further develop that plan which, according to Egan, has the potential to boost bottom lines.  “The overall total agenda is to drive tourists into our three cities thus getting them to spend more money here and therefore enhancing revenue,” said Egan,” We’re brainstorming about how exactly we’re going to put this together.  Everyone will be prepared with a timeline for a one or two day stay in their city.  This should include what we will do in the morning, what we will do in the evening, where we will eat, and what the accommodations will be like.”

The meeting is scheduled for 10:00 a.m.  A kick-off date for the bus tour program has not yet been established.

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